The intensity of symptoms can vary from one person to another. Symptoms usually come on suddenly. They typically involve only one ear, but may involve both.
Symptoms may include:
(spinning sensation), often accompanied by:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Paleness of the skin
- Weakness or falling
- In some cases, headache or diarrhea
- Hearing loss may worsen during attacks of vertigo
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear
- Poor sense of balance
- A tendency for symptoms to worsen with movement
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. This will include an examination of your ears and a neurologic exam to evaluate for possible nerve damage.
Tests may include:
- Blood tests—to check for an underlying cause
- Hearing test —this is also called an audiometry
- Electronystagmogram—a type of eye movement test
- Auditory brainstem response—measures electrical activity in the hearing nerve and brain stem
- Electrocochleogram—measures electrical response of the inner ear to sound
- MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of structures inside the ear
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